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    Waking up to a problem when it is decades too late is going to be painful, I dont envy those involved.

    This is very sad but people must realise that past generations of politicians and Eurocrats let this problem and CAP run out of control for decades.

    Leaked drafts of the reforms suggest that Ireland and three other countries could see their industries wiped out within a few years because of the measures.

    http://www.rte.ie/news/2005/0622/sugar.html

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    The WTO ruled in April that the EU's system of subsidies to guarantee high prices for European sugar producers was illegal. It agreed with Brazil, the world's biggest producer, which argued that the EU system depressed world prices and made it impossible for others to compete.

    EU sugar prices are more than four times higher than the global market rate and are protected by massive import tariffs. Brussels also pays out export subsidies to get millions of tons of sugar a year off its market, helping to keep EU prices high and support Europe's farmers.


    http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financia ... _home_down

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    Lord de Ramsey, British landowner: 500,000 from CAP adds to 34m family fortune

    John Fellowes, the fourth Lord de Ramsey, lives in an 18th-century manor house among 7,000 acres of prime farmland in Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire worth 34m.

    His family have been draining and farming the fens since the middle of the 17th century, and have grown rich off the land.

    Like his father, he has been president of the Country Landowners' Association and was also head of the Environment Agency, an appointment made by his friend John Major when he was Prime Minister.

    Lord de Ramsey was the recipient of more than 500,000 from the Common Agriculture Policy in 2003-2004, in subsidies for the crops grown on the two farms he owns and another in which he has a half share.

    He also benefits substantially from the EU sugar regime, which guarantees the price of sugar beet that he grows on his land, and prevents cheaper imports from outside the member states.

    Inancio Albano, Mozambican cane-cutter: 'Things are difficult, but I am glad to have a job'

    Inancio Albano, 25, considers himself one of the lucky ones in the area of north-east Mozambique where he lives, despite leaving school at 14 to work long days cutting sugar cane to support his parents and four younger brothers.

    While the work is hard and he earns less than 300 a year, he says that at least he has a job.

    Across the river from his town of Marrameo is Luabo, where the sugar mill isderelict. It closed during the civil war, and while people in Luabo are desperate for it to reopen and provide jobs, it remains closed, partly because of the EU sugar regime. Despite having higher yields and lower production costs, Mozambique cannot sell its sugar within the EU because of the huge import duties imposed on most of its products.

    It is also disadvantaged because EU companies are given generous export refunds, allowing them to dump more than five million tons of sugar outside its borders each year.

    http://news.independent.co.uk/world/env ... ory=648740

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